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Twine Reflection

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When creating my twine story, the word that immediately comes to mind is “tedious.” That is not to say it didn’t feel worthwhile (the finished product is actually very satisfying to click through, knowing how much effort was placed into each detail), but it did sometimes feel like microsurgery (as if I have any sort […]

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Distant Reading Report

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I chose the fifteen novels written by Charles Dickens as my corpus because A) I’ve always been intrigued by him as a novelist, as he has an interesting history (growing up poor and without a formal education), and B) it was suggested that we choose a writer whose works with whom we aren’t extremely familiar […]

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Voyant Tools: Charles Dickens

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Initial Questions: How did Dickens’ lack of a formal education affect his writing style and subject matter? Seeing as his father was incarcerated, how does the subject of imprisonment play a role in his works? For question 1, I  wanted to check the average word length in Dickens’ text. Though word length is not a […]

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Voyant Tools and “Fall of the House of Usher”

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The question I wrote down after reading “Fall of the House of Usher” was “What is Poe’s goal in terms of his description of the house? What is he trying to evoke from his readers?” Using Voyant, I searched the word “house” and found some interesting facts. The word comes up 13 times, the 3rd […]

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Wikipedia ideas

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Monstress Monstress is a graphic novel series written by Marjorie liu and drawn by Sana Takeda. I am interested in this because I just finished reading the first volume and it is excellent. It has also won many awards recently, including multiple Eisner awards. A Wikipedia article does exist, but it is very plain and […]

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Introduction

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Hi everyone! My name is Mason Bissada and I am a journalism major with a minor in English at SF State. I’m interested in NBA basketball and pop culture. I hope to have a career in writing or public relations some day.